I have MST( GMT-6), so all times are ahead by one hour over what it is for PST times.
All day in school today I was looking forward to the beta today. I had parent teacher conferences today however. My mom and I left at five, and returned at around 6:45. I got the beta started up right away. All Origin downloaded, of course, was a launcher, which took about five minutes. The launcher then started downloading the main game. The first 10% took around two minutes... and the rest took about 15 minutes for 1%. At 10:00, when the beta ended, the game was stuck at 40%. This wasn't a beta. A beta is a several week long thing where people test a game for bugs. This was a four hour long sick joke where everyone spent four hours downloading the beta... and then never got to do anything else. This is what we can expect from Maxis. Nothing more.